Orianne Smith is an Associate Professor of English, Affiliate Associate Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, and Chair of English. She received her B.A. in English from Bennington College and the Ph.D. in English from Loyola University Chicago, where her dissertation on Romantic-era millenarianism and women writers won the 2005 Dissertation of the Year Award for the Humanities. Her teaching and research interests include gender and Romanticism, the Gothic, and the connections between religion, superstition and magic in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her book, Romantic Women Writers, Revolution and Prophecy: Rebellious Daughters, 1786 -1826, is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press (March 2013). She is the editor of Mary Robinson's Hubert de Sevrac (1796), published by Pickering & Chatto in 2009, and is currently completing an edition under contract with Broadview Press of Helen Maria Williams's Julia, A Novel (1790). Her current book project explores the illocutionary force of cursing and of spells in Romantic-era literature, and traces the gendered and socio-historical significance of the Romantic preoccupation with magic and witchcraft.
Smith has received a number of research grants and fellowships, including a fellowship at the Huntington Library (2003), a Keats-Shelley Association Pforzheimer Grant (2003), a Chicago English-Speaking Union Fellowship for Study in the UK (2003), an ASECS (American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies) Women's Caucus Editing Fellowship (2005) and, most recently, a UMBC Special Research Assistantship/Initiative Support (SRAIS) grant to conduct research at the British Library in 2012-13. She was also the recipient of a Folger Institute Seminar Grant-in-Aid in Spring 2008.